Briny, rough-and-most-definitely-ready white for those who like things on the raw side. There's a piquancy that will get your mouth watering and a peppery freshness that lingers on the tongue. Find out more.
Something to pour over ice with a citrus slice and slurp on before dinner - this is Partida's take on the classic Catalan vermut - it has a bit more sweetness than Italian vermouth so can be drunk neat with a slice of orange, although a splash of soda, or even a little sparkling wine is never a bad thing... It's a blend of barrel-aged and young red wines, mixed with oxidised white wine that is then blended with a sort of grappa base that is steeped with Italian herbs (a nod to Massimo's homeland). Sugar is added to complete the balance. A delicious late afternoon aperitif.
Partida Creus is the project of two Italians now in residence in the Tarragona region of Catalonia, just south of Barcelona. The idea of the project was to work with historical, often overlooked local varietals that in many cases were not recognised by the D.O. of the area: Penedès. Massimo and Antonella strategically went about buying up small plots of abandoned vineyards dotted around the area where mostly unknown varietals such as Garrut, Vinyater, Samsó and Queixal de Llop grew. They sought to revitalise the vines and work out the best expression for these old varetals, working without chemicals in the vineyard and without selected yeasts or any other additions in the cellar. They make an impressively dizzying number of different wines, all of which are unified by a very distinctive house style - raw, viceral and pungent reds, and salty, turbid, expressive whites. As a couple they have an insatiable energy which really comes through in the wine.